France’s Worker Photography

The thirties were troubled times in France marked by a depressed economy, the rise of fascism, polarized politics and the election of the Popular Front in 1936. “Photographie, Arme de Class” —an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou— revisits those tumultuous years between 1928 and 1936 via photographs, film clips, magazines and archival documents including work from the photography section of the “Association of Revolutionary Writers and Artists” and examples of illustrated magazines such as “Vu” and “Nos Regards.” Continue reading “France’s Worker Photography”

Three Women Photographers Revisited

“On The Other Side” (“De l’autre cote”) is an exhibition at the Maison de l”Amérique Latine revisiting three women photographers —Jeanne Mandello, Hildegard Rosenthal and Grete Stern—who fled the political turmoil of 1930’s Europe immigrating to South America. The three women, although not widely known, played an important role in bringing modern photography to Latin America (to December 20, 2018). Continue reading “Three Women Photographers Revisited”

“On Air” at Palais de Tokyo

“ALGO-R(H)I(Y)THMS,” an ongoing jam session

Art meets science meets technology with the huge “On Air” exhibition —devoted to a selection of major works by Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno— at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo (until Jan 06, 2019). The exhibition has been described as an ecosystem in motion hosting a polyphonic choreography between humans and non-humans. From jamming with spiders to walking on air, Saraceno’s immersive installations challenge viewers’ to consider such improbabilities as spiders playing music and cities floating in the air. Continue reading ““On Air” at Palais de Tokyo”

Paris Swedish Institute Celebrates Bergman

“Persona” 1966 with Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) would have been 100 years old this year. To celebrate his centenary the Paris Institut Suédois pays homage to this iconic theater director and filmmaker with an exhibition in collaboration with the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and the Cinémathèque Française (to January 06, 2019).
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Les Nadar… A French Family Affair

Nadar—the world’s first celebrity photographer—was Felix Tournachon’s nom de plume which he started using as a caricaturist, journalist and novelist before shifting to photography and making portraits of such celebrated Parisians as Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Doré and Sarah Bernhardt. The exhibition “Les Nadar, une legende photographique” at the National Library of France (BNF) displays the work of Felix Tournachon (1820-1910) and photographs by his less-known brother Adrien (1825-1903) and his son Paul (1856-1939). Continue reading “Les Nadar… A French Family Affair”

Politics of Seeing

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California 1936

Paris’ Jeu de Paume revisits the work of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange with a major retrospective “Dorothea Lange, Politics of Seeing” (until January 27, 2019). The exhibition originated at the Oakland Museum of California —home of the photographer’s archives— donated to the museum fifty years ago by her husband and collaborator Paul Shuster Taylor. Continue reading “Politics of Seeing”


Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) 2015

Following his denial of access by Google, artist John Gerrard hired a helicopter and produced a detailed photographic survey of one of the key physical sites of the internet, a Google data server building in Oklahoma known as a “data farm.” This survey was the starting point for “Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma)” featuring a slow pan portrait of a simulated “twin” of the squat building flanked by diesel generators and powerful cooling towers. Continue reading “Surveillé-e-s”

Willy Ronis Revisited

Black and white photography fans remember Willy Ronis (1910-2009) for his lyric post war photographs depicting working class Parisians of the Belleville and Ménilmontant neighborhoods. His photo book “Belleville Ménilmontant” is a beloved classic. Now, nearly a decade after his death, Ronis’ photographs are being exhibited back in Paris’ 20th arrondissement where many of the pictures were originally taken (at the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin until January 02, 2019). Continue reading “Willy Ronis Revisited”